Monthly Archive for January, 2009

Hope For Change That The People Can See, The People Can Touch and The People Can Feel

In saying our long goodbye to the Year of the Rat, we are inspired by momentous local and international events.People everywhere wanted to be inspired by democracy that empowered ordinary citizens and not corrupted by the rich elite. Malaysia was transformed by the political tsunami of March 8 when voters denied BN its two-thirds majority and gave Pakatan Rakyat 5 state governments. America transformed the world by electing a black man as President teaching the world that the content of character is more important than the colour of our skin. These political tsunamis were followed by the economic tsunami of a global economic recession.

As we usher in the year of the Bull, let us give ourselves to the hope of change. That we can begin the transformation of of Penang into an international city and the government into a people-centric, CAT(Competent, Accountable and Transparent) and ethical administration that is pro-growth, pro-jobs and pro-poor. The Year of the Bull brings many economic uncertainties. But as long as we believe in our own and each other abilities we can overcome these economic challenges. Like the strength, dynamism and dedication of the bull, never underestimate the energy, expertise and entrepreneurship of the people of Penang. Let us grow together, learn together face obstacles together so that we can enjoy the fruits together.
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BN and Selangor Police Should Stop Practicing Vindictive and Vengeance Politics

DAP urges BN and the police the heed the voice of the voters in the Kuala Terengganu by-election on 17 January 2009 that threw out the UMNO candidate who was a Deputy Home Affairs Minister, in favour of the Pakatan Rakyat candidate PAS Mohamed Abdul Wahid Endut. The voters were unmoved by BN’s money politics of pouring in tens of millions of ringgit to try to distract attention from BN’s abuses of power, corruption and violation of human rights and failure to address poverty. Instead the voters chose PR’s version of a democratic, people-centric government with ethical leadership based on the principles of freedom, justice, truth, welfare and moral values.

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Penang To Launch CAT Centre To Help The Unemployed

The State Government has approved a RM 10 million grant to assist the unemployed in Penang. The assistance will come in the form of temporary job creation and job training opportunities for retrenched workers as well as fresh school leavers and graduates.

The terms of reference (TOR) of CAT (Career Assistance & Training) Task Force are as follows:
i. Matching retrenched workers / new workers with training programs;
ii. Matching retrenched workers / new workers with job / business opportunities; and
iii. Working with members to create jobs and business opportunities.

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Wireless@Penang is no longer a dream

Speech by YAB Mr Lim Guan Eng at Wireless@Penang Free WiFi Test-Drive with RedTone-Hotgate:

Wireless@Penang has arrived! Two days ago, we had a successful test-drive of WiMAX by Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. We invited members of the Press to personally experience the fast-speed wireless broadband on WiMAX. I could see the sparkles on the eyes of many journalists, they were amazed at the speed YouTube videos were being downloaded through WiMAX – no more slow buffering, no more broken audios. Speed was the name of the game.

Of course to get WiMAX speed, there is a cost to it and the service provider has promised to keep the price affordable for everyone but many times faster than your regular home Internet.

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Support Pakatan Rakyat National Agenda Of Fighting The Economic Recession

DAP urges all Malaysians, especially in Kuala Terengganu, to support Pakatan Rakyat national agenda of fighting the economic recession by having good governance, reducing the petrol price to RM 1.20 per liter and a RM 50 billion economic stimulus package. The Kuala Terengganu by-election will be a good indicator to gauge the people’s support, especially from the Malays, to determine the direction of the national agenda of having CAT governance based on competency, accountability and transparency to fight corruption. And that Malaysians must empower themselves to demand a government that is people-centric, democratic and ethical based on the principles of freedom, justice, truth, social welfare, and adherence to moral precepts.

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The Penang State Government condemns Israeli aggression on Palestinians

The Penang State Government condemns the barbaric bombing and attack of UN compounds, offices and destruction of food and medical relief supplies by the Israeli government. Such naked aggression has highlighted the nature of the Israeli’s army as no different from the very terrorists they condemn.

The Penang State Government wishes to reaffirm our state’s policy of maintaining our investor friendly policies and sound relationship with all the Multinational Companies (MNCs) in the state, especially those from USA. We value such investments which have benefited both parties in the form of profits and employment opportunities.

The recent presence of the Penang Chief Minister of Penang at the demonstration at Kapitan Keling Mosque is to reaffirm the state government’s stand against the Israeli aggression on the Palestinian in Gaza. Also, the state government hopes that the American government will not continue to give blind support to the Israeli Government to oppress the Palestinians and will use its influence to get Israel to comply the UN Security Council resolution of a immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza.

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Hentikan serangan ketenteraannya ke atas Gaza

Sejak Israel mengiystiharkan kemerdekaannya kira-kira 60 tahun lalu, rantau Timur Tengah atau Asia barat tidak pernah sunyi dari konflik yang mengorbankan banyak nyawa. Permulaan berdarah pada tahun 1948 berlaku apabila negara-negara Arab telah menyerang Israel untuk membebaskan bumi Palestin dari taklukan kumpulan Zionis Israel.

Pada tahun 1948 itu, Jordan mengambil alih Tebing Barat manakala Mesir pula membawa Gaza di bawah penguasaannya. Namun, negara-negara Arab tewas dalam peperangan pertama mereka dengan Israel.

Pada 1967, negara-negara Arab sekali lagi cuba menyerang Israel tetapi masih gagal. Malah dalam masa enam hari, kuasa ketenteraan mereka dilumpuhkan oleh serangan balas Israel di mana Gaza turut ditawan.

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DAP Postpones National Leadership Retreat For KT By-election

DAP has decided to postpone the annual national leadership political retreat in Selangor slated on 10-11 January 2009 to allow DAP leaders to campaign and assist the PR candidate in the KT by-election. This annual national leadership political retreat is an exclusive conclave for MPs, ADUNs, CEC members and key state leaders to

1. Review past performance, identify mistakes and steps taken to correct them;

2. brain-storm and map out the party’s growth strategies for the new year; and

3. exchange views and interact with distinguished speakers selected from various fields on how to improve the performance of the party.

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Wireless@Penang Ready for Test-Drive

In two weeks’ time, Penangites will be able to test-drive the WiMAX and free WiFi services at several pilot sites.

In addition, the Penang state government will be organising seminars and workshops to enable local content developers to access content development grants, and to publish their multimedia works via Wireless@Penang.

Starting January 21, a series of “Experiencing Wireless@Penang” promotions will be held at select locations in the island and Seberang Prai to provide a new user experience for Internet citizens in the state.

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